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Roger Avary, the co-writer of Pulp Fiction says: Originally the briefcase contained diamonds. But that just seemed too boring and predictable. So it was decided that the contents of the briefcase were never to be seen. This way each audience member would fill in the blank with their own ultimate contents. All you were supposed to know was ...


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It's never explicitly said in the film, but if we listen closely the apartment scene we can understand Marvin was their informant within that group. Here is the script of the scene. Jules - "We should have shotguns for this kinda deal." Vincent - "How many are up there?" Jules - "Three or four." Vincent - "That's counting our guy?" Jules - "Not ...


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The Urban Dictionary defines palooka as "A fighter who isn't any good, or takes a dive." Marsellus had summoned Butch to tell him to throw the upcoming fight. That's when he told him "The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts. It never helps." Vincent was showing his disdain for a ...


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This is has already been answered and accepted, but I feel the need to answer anyway, because I have a very different point of view. I'll use the same breakdown that phwd uses. See now I'm thinkin', maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9 Milimeter here, he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of ...


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Well people try and make tenuous Links between reservoir dogs and pulp fiction, by that I mean people try and see if they hold up as sequels, whether continuity wise they can work. A logical opinion is to say that the diamonds that are stolen in Dogs are what are in the brief case in Fiction. However Harvey Keitel and Quentin Tarantino act as two different ...


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There are three explanations. See now I'm thinkin', maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9 Milimeter here, he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. The kid is led astray, Jules is on right path and his gun (and the idea of being killed) is the item preventing him from going off his ...


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From Wikipedia :- The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. From Wikipedia page on Pulp magazine:- Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") are inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. ...


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By this point in the narrative, Jules had already decided that he was going to change his life - he no longer wanted to be a killer for hire. The affair with the bullets missing him in Marvin's apartment had convinced him that God had a higher purpose for him, and by allowing Ringo to take what he needed, Jules was ensuring that he wouldn't have to kill him ...


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The movie does not provide an answer to this question. When Vincent Vega asks Mia Wallace what really happened, she says something to the effect of "that's between Marcellus and Tony Rocky Horror," and leaves it at that.


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Searching around, I found an interesting detail. When Jules and Vincent are going to Brett's apartment, they open the trunk of the car in order to get the guns, and this is what they say: JULES We should have shotguns for this kind of deal. VINCENT How many up there? JULES Three or four. VINCENT Counting ...


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Any answer to this question is going to be uncomfortably close to opinion rather than fact, but I will have a go at answering it objectively. Travolta and Willis were - by far - the most well known actors in the movie. Travolta in particular had been around in leading roles since the 70s with major parts in Grease, Saturday Night Fever. However his more ...


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I've always assumed (despite Avary's explanation) that it was a clever movie reference to the McGuffins in two previous movies. The most recent being the great Repo Man (Dir Alex Cox, 1984) where a briefcase purported to contain alien remains and which glows mysteriously is a key thread. This, in turn, may have some relationship with the case of ...


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I think it functions as a symbol in the sub plot about loyalty, friendship and being a 'true man'. He gets it from the Captain with explanations about what the Captain and his father went through, the ordeals and humiliations which were suffered to connect with Butch via this watch. Remember that Captain says that "when two men are in a situation like ...


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'The Gimp' was already in the basement, he is kept down there. We can infer this from Maynard stating 'The Gimp's sleeping' and Zed suggesting 'Well we better wake him up then'. To answer your second one, I suggest googling what a 'Gimp' is. However, if you don't want to, then I suggest googling 'gimp mask' which should be able to explain it. This is all ...


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If I understand your question(s) correctly, Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, is probably the closest character to tying all of the events and characters together as most of the events involve him. If you were to take all of the events and re-arrange them so that they were in chronological order then it would be as follows... Vincent and Jules drive ...


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Is the watch really "symbolic"? I think its role is much more direct: the watch is simply the central plot device in the Butch-related parts of the movie. The watch is Butch's prized possession, a token his ancestors went to great lengths to pass on to him -- as Tarantino chose to explain in the movie's very first scene. To Butch, the watch is loaded with ...


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They did not kill Marvin because he was part of Wallace's network and was an informer in the gang. Remember they asked "why didn't you tell us there was a man in the kitchen with a god damn cannon?" or something like that. This shows that they were expecting him to provide this info and logically he was their man (mentioned in the hallway). If they had ...


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I heard the theory that @JosephLynn mentioned about it being Wallace's soul - and relating it to the injury on the back of his neck. The theory only has slim backing - the glow, the band-aid, the combination of the briefcase (666) and the 'miracle' that happens as Vince and Jules come to take the soul back, perhaps rescuing it from the devil. Obviously the ...


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Wolfe is what is known as a cleaner - someone who cleans up crime scenes for the mob. He is a fixer and facilitator - he knows how to dispose of bodies and how to create alibis. For more information, check out the 'cleaner' page on Wikipedia.


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The only canon reference we have is from Vincent. He tells the wolf "the gun went off, I don't know why". It is possible he is lying but there seems to be little reason to do so, he is certainly not scared of the wolf and is not shy about sharing his opinions (eg he tells he partner his plan to wonder around having adventures would make him a bum etc). ...


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Fascinating question! According to the Pulp Fiction Movie Reference Guide, this scene is actually a direct homage to the 1946 film The Killers, "an American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway." The entry for "The Killers" reads: The Killers (1946): The killing of Brett mirrors ...


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They are almost definitely old friends, apart from the very valid quote given above by Avner Shahar-Kashtan there is also the line: "I ain't threatening you or nothing. You know I respect you" Which would imply a history. But my main reason for thinking that they are old friends is the way they talk to each other. Neither tries to be the alpha male ...


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In my opinion, the answer is "certainly not". The Pulp fiction wiki for Mia & the Kill Bill wiki for Beatrix Kiddo state no connection at all. In spite of that there is large difference in the two characters as well. Mia Wallace is a cocaine addict whereas there is no indication anywhere that Beatrix uses any kind of drugs. The character that Mia Wallace ...


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He could easily have been kidnapped just like the two main characters were. If Butch had not gone back then Wallace probably would have been used as a gimp too. However as Butch's father's friend told him when he was a child "When two men are in a dangerous situation they take on a certain responsibility for each other" (quote might not be accurate) he ...


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There's a line in that dialogue that leads me to suggest that they are, indeed, old friends, or at least acquaintances. Right before the "little differences" speech, they have these lines: VINCENT: if the cops stop you, it's illegal for this to search you. Searching you is a right that the cops in Amsterdam don't have. JULES: That did it, man – I'm ...


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I'll attempt an answer to this question, but I warn you in advance that you're not going to get any single reason. The question isn't really answerable in that way and as such is only open to subjective reasoning. The first thing to note is that the scene was always meant to be in the movie, regardless of John Travolta's casting (as this article shows): ...


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As said in other answers, this question is hard to answer because it's open to subjective reasoning. I'm still going to try :) This scene is about constrast, as are lots of scenes in the movie. The whole story goes back and forth from very violent situations to very common day to day stuff. For example the conversation about fast food in foreign countries. ...


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I think that Butch was just in the wrong place at the wrong time for Vince. Vince had had a exchange with about what he was going to do with Marsellus's wife which had angered him, the barman realised this and quickly walked away. Vince was angry and took it out on Butch, he would have had a go at anyone else who caught his eye.


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The average non-drug using viewer wouldn't know the difference between the effect caused by cocaine [and] heroin But they should, because the movie shows you, and that's what this scene is for. The very first scene of the film is Vincent and Jules, and Vincent is talking quite fast and it's mostly just small-talk and banter, but we can easily see he's ...


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According to Phil LaMarr (actor who played Marvin), from his AMA post on Reddit /r/IAMA, it's because (emphasis, mine): The back story that Quentin and I talked about was that Marvin and Jules had people in common and when this briefcase thing went down Jules was able to get in touch w/ Marvin and offered these guys who were holed up, scared and ...



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